The Definition Of Insanity: Capcom’s Non-SFV Fighters

Some bad guy in some old game once defined insanity as ‘doing the exact same fucking thing over and over again expecting shit to change’. For the team at Capcom, however, it looks like they’re expecting a different result from their same old reluctance to bank on their non-Street Fighter fighting franchises, despite the runaway success of Street Fighter doyen Yoshinori Ono’s labour of love. Read the rest of this entry

PSA: New Patch for SFV Beta

Word is starting to spread of a new patch on the Street Fighter V beta for PlayStation 4 users. Patch notes claim that it’s for an “overall renew for next beta test”. Before the beta program started Capcom promised three seperate beta periods for a lucky few to test the game, and so far they’ve delivered four. If a new beta really is on the cards before the game’s release in four weeks’ time, it would be number five.

There’s no word as to whether this beta will also be open to Steam users, or what other features will be made available, but the update is 3GB and it’s available now on your PS4. So yeah, get to it.

New MKX Kombat Pack 2 Trailer

Netherrealm Studios just put out the latest trailer for the upcoming second Kombat Pack for Mortal Kombat X, giving punters their first look at new additions Bo Rai Cho, Triborg, Leatherface and Alien. Also featured for the first time was the return of a classic Mortal Kombat staple; The Pit. Check out the trailer below.

In further news, Warner Bros. let slip some of the extra content to be expected in KP2: in addition to an all-new Apocalypse pack containing Takeda, D’Vorah and Erron Black, the bundle will also include access to Goro, the Kold War skin pack, and the Brazil skin pack, all of which have already been released as standalone DLC. Frustratingly, WB hasn’t said whether punters that have already bought these particular items can expect any special treatment, but we can hope that they’ll be looked after.


Top Blokes of 2015

It’s the last week of the year, the time of year where all the people purporting to be journalists fill the hours with Top 10 after Top 10 after Top 10. On one hand, I don’t buy into all that, but on the other hand it’s like a shoe-in for getting more traffic. So with all that in mind, here’s a list of people that are Top Blokes. There’s no hard set qualification goes into this, just a set of people I think should get more recognition, which comes in the form of crudely Photoshopped stamp of laurels.

I’m also deciding this is going to be a yearly thing: each Christmas I vow to pick eight identities that I want to acknowledge in my own special way, eight blokes or shielas that deserve to get a big red stamp. Here’s the Class of 2015…

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Smash Bros 4 Going All The Hell Out

Smash 4’s after-market roster additions have been a true mixed bag; catering for the Melee players by bringing back the likes of Roy and Mewtwo, while venturing into the great unknown beyond franchises that truly made it big with the Big N with Street Fighter’s Ryu and Final Fantasy VII’s Cloud, had everyone anticipating the next Nintendo Direct’s big Smash reveal. And boy, was today’s season finale a doozy.

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Tekken 7: Fated Retribution Announced, SF’s Akuma Guest Stars

Short on time right now, I’ll revisit this with a real op ed, but holy damn Akuma’s gonna be in the next Tekken game, surely this is a sign of the end times. Just watch the trailer below.

Arc System Works Steam Bonanza

Seems like Arc System Works are sick of being called out on their dodgy release schedule. The publisher announced today that five anticipated titles would be released on PC game marketplace Steam over the next six months, starting with Guilty Gear Xrd -SIGN- this coming Thursday.

The full lineup announced today:

  • Guilty Gear Xrd -SIGN- (December 2015)
  • River City Super Sports Challenge: All Stars Special (December 2015)
  • BlazBlue: Chrono Phantasma Extend (February 2016)
  • Melty Blood Actress Again Current Code (by May 2016)
  • Under Night In-Birth Exe:Late (by August 2016)

While the more cynical punter would point out that the versions of Guilty Gear and BlazBlue being offered are already outdated compared to the current arcade releases in Japan (GGXrd Revelator has been in arcades since late August, and BlazBlue Central Fiction since November), these updates are still yet to make their way to consoles, so the fact that ASW are releasing the current, active versions of a game feels like something of an improvement. Not to mention the decision to provide official support to the final version of cult classic airdasher Melty Blood, an early progeny of the anime and visual novel juggernaut Type-Moon.

GGXrd is expected to be priced at $30, with a 20 percent discount in the first week. In addition, all DLC will be free for the first month, so be sure to get in on it as soon as possible.

Capcom Cup 2015 Results, More Street Fighter News

Yesterday was Street Fighter Day at PlayStation Experience, with the annual Capcom Pro Tour drawing to a close with the 2015 Capcom Cup.

A fitting send-off for Street Fighter IV as a marquee game, Japanese player Kazunoko toppled Street Fighter legend Daigo Umehara in a close fought final. After having sent Umehara into the losers’ bracket in straight games, Daigo fought his way back to make the final, before capitulating to Kazunoko 3-2 in the decider. Full results, and more Street Fighter V developments saved for after Capcom Cup, are available after the jump.


King Of Fighters XIV Gameplay Details

In the wake of the weekend’s PlayStation Experience event in San Francisco, details and gameplay footage of SNK’s latest KOF title is emerging, which was available to play over the weekend. KOFXIV hit the floor with six playable characters; franchise faces Kyo Kusanagi and Iori Yagami, returning Korean brawler Chang Koehan, fan favourites Leona and Kula Diamond, and Andy Bogard. Read the rest of this entry

How To Make A Street Fighter, Part I

Over the years, the Street Fighter franchise has been praised for the diversity of its roster, not in a cultural sense but a visual one. Each character in a Street Fighter game has a look and feel that immediately sets them apart from others, giving a sense of individuality to each fighter that just wasn’t found in competing games like Mortal Kombat. But where do these elements all come from?

More often than not they come straight from movies, or real fighters. A long, proud tradition of paying tribute to other creative minds can be traced through Street Fighter games all the way back to the very beginning. Join me as I take a look at the not-so-secret origins behind some of Street Fighter’s biggest names.

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